Using organic gardening fertilizer is the key to having a pure garden. There are different types of natural fertilizers that you can use; man-made or you can buy it from your local gardening store. Since many organic fertilizers are slow-working, it is best to mix them in with your soil three weeks before you begin planting your organic garden. This will thoroughly prepare the soil for seeding or transplants. Make sure to rid clumps of unrotted organic materials, so that they won’t interfere with the operation of seeding. It can result in nutrient deficiency and sometimes soil-borne diseases that can cause “damping-off” of young seedlings.
Some natural fertilizers can be made up of the following organic material: animal manures, plant manures, cover crops, compost or mixed organic fertilizer. By using these fertilizers you will improve your gardens tilth, condition, soil structure, its ability to hold water and nutrients, buffering capacity of soil (stops soil from over-reacting) and the life of the soi.
Using organic gardening fertilizer also contributes both major and minor nutrients. The fertilizes causes nutrients to release slowly, so that your plants are always healthy throughout their life span. Special acids also arise from natural fertilizer. These acids are created by the natural decomposition of organic matter, which helps to convert insoluble natural additives, like breaking down rocks into plant-usable forms.
You can use animal manures as your natural fertilizer also. You should seek manure from animals within a certain age group and size; and should make sure that the animals are getting good feeds. If you use cow, horse or hog manure, you should use a minimum of 25 lbs per 100 sq ft, which equals to about 5 tons per acre. To get excellent results, place 2 to 3 lb ground rock phosphate or bone meal on each 25 lb of manure.
If you are going to use poultry or sheep manure; you should use a minimum of 12 lbs per 100 sq ft, which equals to about 3 tons per acre. For other animals, like rabbit, goat and exotic grass eaters; you should use a minimum of 10 to 12 lbs per 100 sq ft and a maximum of 100 lbs per sq ft. After planting horse, cow or hog manure; sidedress with a maximum use of 5 lbs per 100 sq ft of row. With poultry and sheep manure; use a maximum of 3 lbs of sidedress per 100 sq ft row.
Organic gardening fertilizer is the best way to keep your organic garden healthy, so see which process works best for you and your budget!